Do you love big bluegill?
You know how some fish are just calling out to be eaten? You know, these are plentiful fish that bite reliably, are usually always around and which are just the right pan size. But no one keeps these fish for eating, because they have a "muddy" or "weedy" taste. I'm thinking of fish like bullheads, certain catfishes, carp, and even largemouth bass, at times.
Much of this has to do with the waters they come from, of course. But some fish are reputed to just be not worth eating, for that strong muddy taste they develop. If you've ever wished that you could change that, here may be your answer.
I was recently researching carp, and found an obscure method for preparing them. This "secret" trick was said to remove any objectionable taste they might have. making them sweet and crisp to the palate. SO what is this miracle method?
It's real simple - soak the cleaned fish in lemon line soda pop! Whether filets or skin-on-whole, letting them steep in a bath of 7-UP takes the bad taste away!
And it works with the cheap stuff as well as the premier brands. just soak the fish for 45 minutes or so and pat dry before cooking in your usual way. Our own Mike Stacy tried it today, panfrying bullhead Southern-style. Here's what he says:
Oh yeah! I fished with a lot of Phillipino friends when I lived on the Big Island! We had good times.
And sometimes we caught nothing [rare, but it happens] and we ate bait... no joke... that's survival. Always buy the FRESHEST box of frozen Ika [squid] and keep it on ice... it may be dinner! But squid is GOOD! Peel the skin off and cook it up! They'll snatch a glow in the dark twister tail fished slow, and fresh squid is PRIME. I fished Ika Shibi [handline yellowfin tuna] for the japanese sashimi market, and we raced to snatch up the squid they disgorged on the deck, and throw them on ice... not because we NEEDED them [HANDLINE tuna = $12 lb, whole, cash at the dock] but because we LIKED them! Your stomach doesn't always care what your mind thinks... and sometimes the happiness of being a fisherman will lead you to enjoy the STRANGEST things... we washed and peeled those very fresh squid, cooked them between hookups, and loved every bite!
If we can get people eating the silver carp, I'll open a restaurant, and life will be GOOD!
Right now, I'm getting ready to make the label for my eBay hook company I mentioned in the other post... "Mikes Hooks catch FISH!"...
It is good to be a fisherman... I know I am blessed! Without doubt...
There will always be some freaky looking fish to fill my belly, and I'll eat the thing, gladly!
Why eat carp? Mostly because you can. The fish was originally imported for that reason. At some point it might become necessary. The more public fishing waters that close, or as crowds increase, the existing fisheries must experience a tipping point. If that ever happens, you might as well be ready - at least not surprised.
Besides you can do what few others are brave enough to try. By all accounts, carp can be made to eat quite nicely. Sure there are other fish you can consume, okay. I get that.
But if you are gonna catch something, you ought to at least consider eating it.
Reading back through my response, it sounded kinda smarmy - I apologize.
I'm going to the river again this weekend in hopes of snagging a cat. I've learned a few new tricks for that particular river, from an old-hand resident.